Ear Hustle brings you the daily realities of life inside prison shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration.
The podcast is a partnership between Nigel Poor, a Bay Area visual artist, and Earlonne Woods, formerly incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and was co-founded with San Quentin resident Antwan Williams. The Ear Hustle team works in the San Francisco Bay Area, both in San Quentin State Prisons media lab and from offices on the outside, to produce stories that are sometimes difficult, often funny and always honest. Episodes offer a nuanced view of people involved with the American prison system and those reintegrating into society after serving time. Ear Hustle won Radiotopia’s Podquest contest in 2016, beating out more than 1,500 international entries. Since then, the podcast has received a number of awards, including a 2018 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition award for the episode Dirty Water; the 2018 and 2019 Webby Award for Podcasts and Digital Audio in the Documentary category; the 2019 Webby People’s Voice Award for Documentary Podcast; the 2019 iHeartRadio Podcast Award for Best Social Impact; and the 2019 SPJ NorCal James Madison Freedom of Information Award for Audio Journalism. The show was also a Peabody Award nominee in 2017 and 2018. Ear Hustle is a proud member of PRXs Radiotopia, a curated network of extraordinary, cutting-edge podcasts.